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Summer arts guide: Dance

Dance fever running hot.

Dance fever running hot

Massachusetts Dance Festival

June 23 and 24

Boston University Dance Theatre

915 Comm. Ave., Boston

$10-$25, 508-429-7577

www.massdancefestival.org

With performances from 23 professional, emerging or student dance companies, plus work-shops from the pros during the day, these two days will be a temporary Mecca for dance lovers.

Small Dances

June 30, 8 p.m.

Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston, Free, 617-426-5000

www.bcaonline.org

The Boston Center for the Arts hosts the Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe, the June-Takahashi Group, Lorraine Chapman the Company, and Zoe Dance. Each tackles the concept of "small dance" differently, employing between them a live electronic score, synchronization with projected video and contemporary pointe.

'Two Alike'

July 12, 8:30 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

100 Northern Ave., Boston

$20-$25, 617-478-3103

www.icaboston.org

This intense piece tackles the grim subject of the psychological toll of abuse on a gay youth.

'How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run'

July 26 and 27

Institute of Contemporary Art

100 Northern Ave., Boston

$20-$25, 617-478-3103

www.icaboston.org

This restaging of a 1965 Merce Cunningham piece features this summer's dancers-in-residence at Concord Academy.

 
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